Motorists can expect delays on the A17 as preparation work to repair the Cross Keys Bridge takes place.

The swing bridge, at Sutton Bridge, will remain open with temporary two-way traffic lights on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 and 5.

The preliminary work is ahead of major improvements scheduled to begin on Monday, September 30.

Motorists will be encouraged to divert via Wisbech in a bid to reduce congestion at the bridge.

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Unfortunately, this isn’t as straightforward as resurfacing a regular road – swing bridges require specialist techniques and materials.

“These two days are a trial run and will allow us to better estimate how long it will take to fully resurface the bridge.

“This is an important route for the county, and there will inevitably be some disruption, so we would ask motorists to be patient, to leave additional time for their journeys and use alternative routes where possible.”